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How the Chamber of Commerce Boosts
Big Business, Not All Americans
Heritage, by Genevieve Wood    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/21/2014 8:16:02 AM     Post Reply
Responding to President Obama’s most recent State of the Union address, Tom Donohue, the president of the Chamber of Commerce stated, “We can’t afford to double down on the failed policies of tax, spend, regulate, and mandate.” Really? Increasingly, the Chamber and the Business Roundtable are proving to be friends first of big business, not struggling American workers or would-be entrepreneurs. From the Gang of Eight Amnesty bill to the failed stimulus, to subsidies for Solyndra-style green energy programs, the Chamber and others in the business lobbying community increasingly support legislation that does those very things. To be fair, the Chamber’s mission statement

NYC mayor´s SUV caught speeding,
running stop signs after traffic
safety plan unveiled
Fox News-New York City, by Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/21/2014 8:05:52 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio´s official vehicles were spotted breaking several traffic laws on Thursday, just two days after he laid out a sweeping traffic safety plan that included harsh restrictions on reckless drivers. De Blasio was in the front passenger seat of the lead SUV of a two-vehicle caravan that was captured on video speeding, running through a pair of stop signs and not signaling when changing lanes. The footage, which aired on WCBS-TV, was taken as de Blasio returned to City Hall after a news conference in Queens. The mayor´s press office deferred

WhatsApp founder’s journey
from food stamps to fortune
New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse and Leonard Greene    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/21/2014 7:59:36 AM     Post Reply
The nation’s newest billionaire is a rags-to-riches success story who escaped communist Ukraine as a teen and lived on food stamps in the United States before hitting it big with a messaging app that has become the hottest thing in social media. Meet Jan Koum, the 37-year-old college dropout who with his partner and mentor, Brian Acton, just sold their startup, WhatsApp, to Facebook for $19 billion in cash and stocks. Koum is now worth $6.8 billion. It’s a long way from the government-assisted, two-bedroom apartment in Mountain View, Calif., where he came of age with his mom, and even farther from his

  


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‘House of Cards’ threatens to leave if
Maryland comes up short on tax credits
Washington Post, by Jenna Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/21/2014 7:57:33 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks before Season 2 of “House of Cards” debuted online, the show’s production company sent Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a letter with this warning: Give us millions more dollars in tax credits, or we will “break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state.” A similar letter went to the speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), whose wife, Cynthia, briefly appeared in an episode of the Netflix series about an unscrupulous politician — played by Kevin Spacey — who manipulates, threatens and kills to achieve revenge and power.

Cruz Aims at His Own Side -- Again
Creators Syndicate, by Mona Charen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 7:55:29 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, may be the brightest light to adorn the Republican Party in many years. He knows how to make the case for conservative ideas, pointing, for example, to the contrasting fates of Detroit and Houston to illustrate the superiority of conservative policies. So it´s particularly galling to see that rather than train his fire at President Barack Obama and the liberal machine that cocoons him, Cruz has become a one-man wrecking ball against Republicans. His most recent foray into sabotaging his colleagues concerned the debt limit increase. Because Speaker John Boehner sent over a "clean" debt limit bill,

Pro-Obamacare, GOP Establishment
Forces Line Up Against
Nebraska´s Ben Sasse
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/21/2014 7:55:10 AM     Post Reply
Healthcare industry lobbyists connected with the Republican establishment in Washington are making a concerted effort to sink the campaign of the Nebraska Republican who has been branded the “anti-Obamacare candidate,” Breitbart News has learned. Ben Sasse, a young university president the National Review recently hailed as “Obamacare´s Cornhusker Nemesis,” has overcome a monumental deficit and is now running neck-and-neck against Navy veteran Shane Osborn in Nebraska’s GOP primary. The centerpiece of Sasse’s campaign has been his deep background knowledge of the health care industry and what he describes as "small-government, patient-centric solutions to fix our broken health care system.” “The same way

CBS 2 Exclusive: De Blasio’s Caravan
Caught Speeding, Violating Traffic Laws
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/21/2014 7:53:07 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths, CBS 2 cameras caught the driver of a car carrying the mayor violating a number of traffic laws. But the NYPD responded Thursday evening that the mayor’s caravan, which is operated by police, sometimes has to use special driving techniques for protective reasons. As CBS 2´s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday, the mayor’s two-car caravan was seen speeding, blowing through stop signs, and violating other traffic laws. Kramer reported that if the driver of the lead car, which carried the mayor in

  


  

Head of GOP Anti-Tea Party Group:
Ted Cruz Should Leave Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/21/2014 7:43:43 AM     Post Reply
The leader of a super PAC that is using donations from labor unions to wage war on the Tea Party went on MSNBC to say that Sen. Ted Cruz should leave the Republican party. Former Rep. Steven LaTourette is a member in the establishment´s war on the Tea Party. His deceptively named "Defending Main Street" PAC is being financed primarily by Wall Street and labor unions, which have contributed at least 20% to the group´s fundraising haul. In an appearance on MSNBC´s The Last Word on Tuesday, LaTourette said that Cruz was "reprehensible" for forcing Republicans to go on the

Don´t Mend, Just
End ObamaCare
Investor´s Business Daily, by IBD Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 2/21/2014 7:06:40 AM     Post Reply
Promises: Vulnerable Democrats think they´ve found a winning strategy for the November elections: Tell voters they can fix ObamaCare, but Republicans won´t let them. It´s a con. ObamaCare is unfixable. ´Joe Garcia is working to fix ObamaCare," says an ad for the Florida House Democrat. "He voted to let you keep your existing health plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous health care website." Of course, Garcia fails to mention ObamaCare is the reason millions lost their health plans to begin with. Or that its problems extend well beyond a glitchy website. But this is the Democrats´ midterm election

Wait, There´s Nanotechnology
in My Food?
Popular Mechanics, by Christina Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/21/2014 7:06:32 AM     Post Reply
For a little more than a decade, the food industry has been using nanotechnology to change the way we grow and maintain our food. The grocery chain Albertsons currently has a list of nanotech-touched foods in its home brand, ranging from cookies to cheese blends. Nanotechnology use in food has real advantages: The technology gives producers the power to control how food looks, tastes, and even how long it lasts. Looks Good and Good for You? The most commonly used nanoparticle in foods is titanium dioxide. It´s used to make foods such as yogurt and coconut flakes look as white

Junk food? Ew!: First Lady joins
Jimmy Fallon for Let´s Move skit,
Olympic chat and revelations
about President´s cooking skills
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2014 6:54:22 AM     Post Reply
New Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was joined by the First Lady on Thursday night, as she took part in a skit and promoted her Let´s Move campaign. Michelle Obama talked about the Olympics, her first job, and how her eldest daughter Malia will soon be learning to drive. In the opening section to the show, the First Lady starred in a skit with Fallon and Anchorman star Will Ferrell, where she showed off her dance moves. She later returned, wearing an elegant black outfit, to chat to Fallon in front of the live Tonight Show studio audience. ´This is so cool,´ Mrs

  


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It´s back! Polar Vortex set to return
next week - plunging temperatures
in Midwest and Northeast to
35 degrees below normal
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2014 6:48:14 AM     Post Reply
Just when you thought you were safe - the Polar Vortex is back. The Midwest and North East are thawing out after being covered with more than a foot of snow over the past week, but forecasters have warned it won´t be for long as another cold front is on its way. The wintry storm is expected to slam the Midwest this weekend, bringing ferocious winds and freezing temperatures as low as 35 degrees below normal. After rattling the Midwest, it will stretch into the South and East at the start of next week, according to Weather Underground.

The Benghazi Cover-up (cont.)
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/21/2014 6:40:47 AM     Post Reply
Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, then acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gave an account of his role on Benghazi that was often misleading and sometimes deliberately false. “I went back and reviewed some of his testimony the other day and he’s gotten himself in a real box,” says Senator Saxby Chambliss, the highest-ranking Republican on the committee. “It’s really strange. I’ve always thought Mike was a straight-up guy, gave us good briefings—factual, straightforward. I mean, this has really been strange the last few weeks—all this now being uncovered.”At issue is

Escape from New York
- with a twist
American Thinker, by Andrew Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/21/2014 6:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Let me tell you the true story of a married couple whom I will refer to as Donna and Frank, as they must remain anonymous. Let´s just say that I know them well. Donna is in her early 30´s, and Frank is in his early 40´s. Donna and Frank have lived in various areas of Brooklyn NY for the past five years. Their last apartment was a one-room concrete "cave" on the fifth floor of a converted warehouse. It had very little lighting, with two windows that looked out at a bleak, aging wall of neighboring apartment windows. It had

Ukraine protests:
We´re letting Putin win
Telegraph [UK], by Edward Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2014 6:21:30 AM     Post Reply
As Kiev burns, Western policymakers are eating ashes. Our efforts to help Ukraine towards Europe, democracy and the rule of the law have failed spectacularly. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is celebrating not just sporting triumph in Sochi, but geopolitical victory in the affairs of his most important neighbour. It is easy to overcomplicate the Ukraine story with historical, ethnic and geographical details. The country is often said to be split between east and west, between Russian- and Ukrainian-speakers, between those nostalgic for Soviet certainties and those who want a Western-style future. Ukraine’s business elite is divided too, between the cronies of

  


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Can SCOTUS Curb
Obama’s Imperial Presidency?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:47:44 AM     Post Reply
In June 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court had a chance to derail a vast expansion of government power by the Obama administration. But the court wound up ruling that ObamaCare was constitutional, even if the rationale provided by Chief Justice John Roberts for his deciding vote contradicted the opinions of the four liberal justices who joined with him to form a 5-4 majority as well as the arguments of the government on behalf of the law. But next week the Court will have yet another opportunity to brush back the president’s fast and loose approach to the Constitution when it

Steve Stockman´s Senate Campaign May
Be Weird and Lazy, but It´s Not Surging
Atlantic Wire, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:45:26 AM     Post Reply
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman is running for Senate. Sort of; he disappeared for a while and his campaign seems to have issues maintaining consistent or accurate positions on trivial things. But Stockman´s touting two polls — one showing him leading his main competitor, Sen. John Cornyn, and indicating that a run-off is likely. Cornyn can sleep easy; those arguments are largely more misinformation.(Snip)Republicans prefer Cornyn by a 23-point margin. Conservatives prefer him by 29. Gravis was generous enough to provide The Wire with data breaking down the vote by political ideology. (This isn´t all good news, as we explain below.) People

Putin´s Olympic corruption
USA Today, by Ilan Berman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:35:22 AM     Post Reply
As the high-speed downhill drama of the Winter Olympic Games wraps up in Sochi, one issue has faded from public view amid the spectacle: Russia´s corrosive culture of corruption. This is notable because before the Opening Ceremony, the Sochi Games had come under unflattering scrutiny. Myriad mishaps that have accompanied the Games — from bizarre toilets to brown water to malfunctioning door locks — went viral. Now those issues have disappeared. That is a shame because corruption has far more to say about Russia´s troubled future — and its increasingly belligerent stance toward the United States — than anything that happened in

Convergence of the Twain
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:27:53 AM     Post Reply
Over the last several weeks, reading news of disorder and upheaval from Venezuela to the Levant to Ukraine to Iraq to Afghanistan, I have thought often of a poem written almost a century ago. Thomas Hardy composed “The Convergence of the Twain” in memory of the sinking of the Titanic. It was published in 1915, three years after the great ship made contact with the deadly iceberg, but reading it today one cannot help experiencing its timelessness, cannot help sharing in its tragic sense of fate. Hardy’s theme is the vanity and fragility of progress, of technological achievement, of wealth and

Echoes of the IRS in the
FCC Snooping Scandal
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:25:54 AM     Post Reply
The IRS targeting scandal is of course multi-faceted, but one of its key elements was the use of comprehensive IRS questionnaires to determine everything from tea-party donor and member lists to the actions and activities of family members and even identifying “persons or entities with which you maintain a close relationship.” In other words, the Obama administration IRS was abusing its regulatory authority to essentially discern the inner workings of an entire political and cultural movement. Last week, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai disclosed the existence of the FCC’s new “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” a study that would send FCC

  



The Lesson of Dunkirk
American Spectator, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2014 5:22:05 AM     Post Reply
Politics is often like war. Unfortunately, politicians, the media and the voting public seldom have the same degree of realism and discipline with which professional soldiers fight wars. You can indulge your emotions and base your decisions on wishful thinking in politics, in a way that you are not likely to when your own life is on the line in battle. One of the most dramatic and heartening events of World War II was the miraculous evacuation of British troops trapped on the beaches of France in 1940, at Dunkirk. And its lesson is still relevant today. The British troops were in

Venture capitalist wants to split
California into six states
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 5:19:12 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO- Venture capitalist Tim Draper is on a mission to collect 807,615 signatures to force a referendum on whether California should be carved up into six states. Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement posted on her official website Tuesday announcing Draper had been given the go-ahead for his petition drive. The attorney general prepares the legal title and summary required to appear on initiative petitions. Bowen said the number of signature needed is 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in 2010. Draper has until July 18 to get them. Even if he gets the

How Waffle House explains
American politics, in 1 map
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2014 5:18:49 AM     Post Reply
Confession: I love the food at Waffle House. (Hashbrown preference: Smothered, Covered and Chunked.) So when I came across this U.S. map that detailed the number of Waffle House locations by state -- as best as we can tell it originated at DeadSpin -- I was more than a little interested. And, because I spend my days (and nights) thinking about politics, I immediately began looking up the presidential performance numbers in states with Waffle Houses versus those without them. (Snip for map) Here´s what I found. Mitt Romney won 16 of the 25 states that have at least one Waffle House.

Another Misguided Cruz Missile
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2014 5:16:06 AM     Post Reply
A rump band of Beltway conservatives has seen the enemy and it is not Harry Reid. It is Mitch McConnell, whose scalp is apparently worth blowing yet another shot at a Republican Senate majority. There´s a new dividing line in the conservative movement—between a majority who´d like to win against President Obama, and a handful who´d like to win some scalps. It was on vivid display last week during the Senate debt-ceiling vote. Republicans were looking to avoid a fight they were destined to lose. Democrats had the votes to pass the bill with a simple majority, meaning they also would

The Resistance
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:11:18 AM     Post Reply
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott has a famous saying: “What I really do for fun is I go into the office [and] sue the Obama administration.” Abbott’s relentless struggle against an administration that routinely exceeds its authority and tramples on federalism made him the ringleader among the two dozen Republican state AGs. He’s now running for governor. So it’s not surprising that Dan Branch, running to succeed Abbott as Texas AG, is often asked if he would be as tough as Abbott in confronting the Obama administration. “My response is I’ll have to be tougher,” he says. And he goes

And Now for the Further
Adventures of Rahm the Impaler
Esquire Magazine, by Neil Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 5:06:41 AM     Post Reply
Sister Rosemary Connelly was not pleased with the mayor of Chicago. The head of Misericordia, a beloved home to 600 people with Down syndrome and other disabilities, the eighty-three-year-old nun might not at first glance seem to be in a position to carry much influence over city politics. But this is Chicago, and Misericordia offers gold-plated care in a state notorious for its nightmarish residential institutions. The children and siblings of the powerful—politicians, TV anchors, lawyers, developers—are cared for there, and an A-list of Chicago’s leadership arrives on command, on bended knee and with an open checkbook. It was 2011, and the

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